Professional at-home whitening kits can be a good treatment option to brighten your smile. In today's post, our Surrey dentists discuss how often you should whiten your teeth and how to make your results last as long as possible.
Why would I whiten my teeth?
As you age, particularly if you smoke or regularly drink dark-coloured beverages such as coffee, soda, or red wine, you might notice that your smile isn't as bright as it once was. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, stains can still accumulate. In many cases, professional teeth whitening can be a good option to help to lighten and restore your smile.
Keep in mind, that even with professional whitening, a good at-home dental care routine, along with attending regular oral hygiene appointments are essential for maintaining the results of your whiter smile.
How often should I whiten my teeth?
Generally speaking, we recommend that patients whiten their teeth once a year—whether professionally or with an over-the-counter kit. Whitening too often can cause your teeth to become overly sensitive and may make them appear translucent.
Whitening once a year can keep sensitivity from becoming a problem while helping you maintain a white, natural-looking smile. Typically, the professional-grade whitening kits available from our dental office last about a year. This means you shouldn't require a touchup for that amount of time.
How can I keep my smile white?
After you whiten your teeth, your goal will be to avoid staining or discolouration in the future. If you smoke, now is the best time to quit. You may also consider cutting back on dark-coloured beverages to help maintain your smile. There are good options for whitening toothpaste as well. Talk to your dentist about which type they recommend.
Teeth Whitening in Surrey
With at-home teeth whitening options from your dentist at Proactive Dental Studio, you can effectively eliminate years of discolouration and stains from your teeth. If you and your dentist decide at-home teeth whitening is a good choice for your smile, you will have two visits to our office to get the process started.
At the first appointment, your dentist will take molds of your teeth – these are for your custom whitening trays. At the second appointment, you will try the trays on to ensure they fit correctly and your dentist will provide you with the tools and instructions you need to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home.
When you discuss whitening with your dentist and always let them know when you last whitened your teeth before doing another treatment.